Kansas State University


Department of Communication Studies

Author: Alexis Leiker

Lofty Aspirations: Endowing 20 New Scholarships

Kansas State Debate Team


For many students in Communication Studies, scholarships make their success at K-State possible. Last year we graduated a record number 33 undergraduate and 8 graduate students in Communication Studies.

We return to Nichols Hall for the 2014-2015 academic term to work with more than 150 majors and graduate students. Our ability to continue providing a first-class education to a diverse student body hinges on scholarship support.

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Alumni Profile: Developing Communication Studies

 The Communication Studies program at K-State prepares graduate students for highly successful careers. We excel in preparing students for careers in research and teaching. Several graduates of the program have contributed greatly to the communication field. Below are profiles of three recent K-State alums who are exemplars of the Communication Studies graduate program.

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K-State 2025: Planning our Preferred Future

An advisory counsel for the Department of Communication Studies was convened in fall 2013. A group of alums, industry representatives and faculty discussed the newly drafted 2025 strategic plan.

From the meeting, these themes emerged:

  • Adapt curriculum and skill-sets to emerging careers
  • Connect students to alumni for internship and job opportunities
  • Create and promote opportunities for alums and industry to invest in significant departmental projects

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Forensics, Debate, Mock Trial Team Summaries

The 2014 KSU Mock Trial Team
At the regional qualifier, the varsity team took second and advanced to
championship series. At the championship series, the team placed sixth and
earned the first bid for K-State to participate at the AMTA National Championship.
Of the 500 mock trial teams across the country, only 48 advance to this elite stage.
First year competitor Hale Weirick won a best witness award.

To better prepare students to use their communication skills beyond college, the Department of Communication Studies offers a wide array of learning experiences that occur outside the formal classroom that include internships, research projects and study abroad programs. Additionally, students can participate in one of the three nationally ranked academic competition teams housed by the Communication Studies Department. The K-State Debate, Forensics and Mock Trial teams all earned national acclaim for outstanding performances during the 2013-2014 season.

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